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West Ham vs Leicester: Predictions
The rapid progression of West Ham under David Moyes has been nothing short of miraculous; that the club are in the top four at this stage of the season when at the same stage last term they were 17th (and level on points with Bournemouth in 18th), underpins the stellar work the Glaswegian has produced in E20.
Brendan Rodgers, likewise, has performed heroics this term, consolidating Leicester’s position as a consistent top-four challenger while trying to juggle the Europa League simultaneously, another feat of tactical ingenuity. So, as the sides meet in the capital, this is a proverbial six-pointer if ever there was one.
The Hammers capitalised on Chelsea, Everton and Tottenham all dropping points at the weekend, securing a too-close-for-comfort win over Wolves on Monday night, but the concerning subtext of that contest was the injury to Michail Antonio, who joins Declan Rice on the treatment tables.
Rodgers has had his own injury problems this term, but the recent return of James Maddison has come like an adrenaline shot, and he will be looking to take full advantage of Moyes’ threadbare outfield when they travel to London on Sunday, where the race for a top-four finish is heating up nicely.
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West Ham vs Leicester: Match Stats
West Ham, recently, have had a tendency to start fast, looking to get their business done early and prevent a late scramble. That policy of attack-first-ask-questions-later has culminated in the club netting three goals in the first half in each of their last two Premier League games (3-3 v Arsenal, 3-2 v Wolves). In fact, in the competition’s history, only Manchester United in September 2011 have scored at least three goals before half-time in three consecutive matches before.
But, without the likes of Rice to anchor the midfield and screen the backline, or Antonio to lead the line with ferocious distinction, Leicester may fancy themselves here. Even if they do go a goal down, which is not beyond the realms of possibility with Jesse Lingard (who has been involved in more goals than any other player in the league since making his debut) on the turf, as Ayoze Perez is a man who could hurt the Hammers; he has been directly involved in six goals in his last seven Premier League starts against West Ham.
04 Oct 2020 – Leicester 0-3 West Ham – Premier League
22 Jan 2020 – Leicester 4-1 West Ham – Premier League
28 Dec 2019 – West Ham 1-2 Leicester – Premier League
20 Apr 2019 – West Ham 2-2 Leicester – Premier League
27 Oct 2018 – Leicester 1-1 West Ham – Premier League
It still remains one of the shock results of the season: Leicester 0-3 West Ham. The Hammers started the campaign with consecutive defeats, before completely abandoning their footballing inhibitions while thumping their noses at the Premier League script by beating Wolves 4-0, Leicester 3-0, drawing 3-3 with Tottenham and then 1-1 with Man City, a run no one saw coming. Against the Foxes Antonio and Pablo Fornals set the scene, before Jarrod Bowen put the gloss on the win with a late coup de grace.